Why was the Treaty of Versailles considered a failure in WW1?

Why was the Treaty of Versailles considered a failure in WW1?

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  1. From the outset, it was doomed, and another war was practically certain." 8 The main reasons for the failure of the Versailles Treaty to establish a long-term peace include the following: 1) the Allies disagreed on how best to deal with Germany; 2) Germany refused to accept the terms of reparations; and 3) Germany's refusal to accept the "war-guilt" clause, Article 231, resulted in a growing German resistance."



  2. The treaty of Versailles had created massive problems within the newly formed democratic Germany. Forming massive debt and loss of territory to a type of government that had not been used at all throughout German history. This led to massive political instability and hatred. As German situations worsened (for example the Great Depression) radical parties such as the Nazis had grown into power in the democracy. The NSDAP (Nazi Party) had promised the German people to fix the massive unemployment rate and poverty which became very popular and soon many nazi members were elected to sit in the Reichstag (Parliament.) After Hitler took total control over Germany, he had defied the treaty of Versailles terms by cutting off the payment of war debts and militarizing the Rhineland. He also expanded the military and created a new Navy and Airforce. This was considered an absolute blow to the Treaty of Versailles because the British and French had done nothing to stop Hitler's defiance against the treaty. This made the Treaty of Versailles completely pointless and helped a dictatorship rise in Germany.

  3. The effects of the Treaty of Versailles weakened Germany's government and that, along with all of the effects, allowed for the rise of fascism and Hitler in Germany after World War I. All of these factors added up to the beginning of World War II and they were all caused by the Treaty of Versailles.

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